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Entomology: UGA Honey Bee Program

Georgia Master Beekeeper Program: Certification Levels
Journeyman Study Guide

Journeyman Written Exam Guide

Journeyman Practical Exam Guide

The jump from Certified to Journeyman is one of the most demanding steps in the Georgia Master Beekeeper sequence. One reason for this is our insistence that candidates score no less than 100% on visual diagnostics of honey bee disorders and bee-related arthropods. It is our belief that certainty of knowledge in these categories is a necessary condition for certification at the higher grades. This section and the following photographs will help you understand the material you will be tested over at the practical exam. Please be aware that you will be tested on real specimens on-site, and they will not necessarily be the same specimens you see in practice sessions or in these photographs.

These are the topics reviewed for the Exam. Please see the following links or PDF files for images and descriptions.

Pests and Parasites

Bacterial Diseases

*For examples of the main Bacterial, Fungal, and Viral Diseases, please see the following
slideshow.

  • American Foulbrood
  • European Foulbrood

Fungal Diseases

  • Sacbrood
  • Chalkbrood

Viral Diseases

  • Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus
  • Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus
  • Deformed Wing

Non-Infectious Disorders
*Please see the PDF for images.

  • Temperature
    • Starvation
    • Overheated
  • Animals
  • Robbing
  • Pesticide Poisoning
  • Failing Queen

Insect Identification

Beginning in 2016 we revised the insect ID portion of the exam to emphasize more objective (less guess-work) methods of identifying bees and wasps. Students are strongly encouraged to review this powerpoint presentation, especially the first slide "Decision tree for bees, near bees, or mimics" and understand the criteria by which one identifies a specimen. These objective criteria can be extremely valuable distinguishing, for example, a bee mimic from a true bee or a bumble bee from a carpenter bee. Additional information on insects one may encounter in the exam is linked below. Class time on Wednesday's Young Harris Institute will cover these selection criteria in detail.